The UN Refugee Agency in South Sudan – Refugees Reflect on What They Left Behind

I was commissioned recently by the UN Refugee Agency to create some illustrations that told the story of refugees from South Sudan, reflecting on the everyday objects they had left behind in their flight from war. The images are to be used in Social Media campaigns to draw attention to the humanitarian effects of civil war in South Sudan. There is something very poignant and human about people’s sadness at the loss of commonplace objects. It reminds us that whilst the violence of war is instantly scarring, the long-term social effects are just as terrible, and often overlooked by the world as a whole.  It was a sincerely moving experience for me, and I would like to thank the UNHCR team for the opportunity.

http://tracks.unhcr.org/2014/12/the-things-they-left-behind/

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5 thoughts on “The UN Refugee Agency in South Sudan – Refugees Reflect on What They Left Behind

  1. These are amazing! I’ve just returned from working in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya mainly with people from South Sudan. I’m going into schools to raise awareness and money to fund new classrooms – may I show these drawings to pupils please? Thank you jane

    • Hey Jane

      yes the UNHCR are very happy for you to use these images as long as you credit them and me.

      Actually if you were able to take a few photos of your project and send them over to me I can reblog it and help spread the word 🙂

      Good luck !

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